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The Witches' Curse!

Will Salem ever get over the "witch thing?"
This city has a lot of potential, but all we seem to get is more kitchy witch and tourist crap.  The city was supposed to have a big public art plan with an eye on bringing something, you know, cultural to area.  That appears to have been sunk by the usual cadre of know-nothings that don't want to see anything above the level of "Real Housewives," here.  We have a great art museum, but nobody wants to work with them.  Our Arts Fest was great for music, but utter garbage for visual arts.  Embarrassingly bad in that regard.

So, what will it take to change things, or are we forever doomed to be a town of 'psychics' and t-shirt vendors?
sherry July 10, 2013 at 03:45 PM
My family and I have been visiting Salem for the past 10 years. I wanted to let you know not all tourist go there for the "witch thing". Salem is a wonderful town full of history. We enjoy all of its hidden charms. We loved the art show they had and we just love the city as a whole not just the "witch thing". People seem to forget it has a nice college and the harbor is so peaceful and nice. I hope people who go there enjoy it as much as we do but for its charms not its "witch thing".
Wayne Kerr July 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Not sure on the details here, but I agree with the assessment of the Planning Dept. Utter failure in this regard. I am not sure what they are trying to accomplish, but the end result is a mess. It is patently obvious that they have no clue as to what they are doing. And they now seem to have wholly hijacked the new Public Art Commission and it will be stacked with the same people who have failed this city time and time again. We will see $50,000 grants simply wasted. Hell, I can pretty much tell you who will be on the Public Arts Commission right now. And not a single one has any business being there. None at all.
Wayne Kerr July 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Hmmm...some comments have been deleted. Anyways, @Sherry - The recent art show at the Arts Fest was hideous. The weird little back room in the mall was some sort of joke. It was awful. And the "juried show" had some really bad work in it. Work that would never get into an art show in Beverly or Marblehead. And I know for a fact that multiple local artists have given up on Salem because of this fact. This town is great, but it needs to clear out the rot and start doing things with a level of pride.

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